In my senior year of high school, at an all-girls’ boarding school in Kenya, I spent some of my evenings breaking the rules and it was the only time that all my fellow classmates jointly and involuntarily participated with great intrigue. The class was required to observe a period of absolute silence between 6-9pm; this time was strictly dedicated to studying. Instead, there I was, standing in front of the classroom telling tales of my encounters from the day, after all, such narrative nights only occurred on the days when I had spent the day away from school at some event (most often at a boys school) and I had come back eager to share my experiences with my classmates.
Their eyes were wide open, their heartbeats echoed mine as energy rushed through their exhausted bodies. Each of them sat perfectly still, attentive, as they vicariously experienced the energy and emotion of the day through my eyes, words, and gestures. It was not a hypnosis session and I was not aware of my body gestures or meticulous expression of the details, but when I was done, I knew from their eyes that I had truly made them relive the day with me and for a moment forget that we were all confined to the boundaries of the boarding school compound. It was the beginning of my self-awareness, I am a born narrator.
My name is Mary Iro and I am originally from Kenya. I currently reside in Newark, Delaware. Now, if you haven’t heard about Newark, don’t worry that was me too back in 2015 when after several months of searching for a job, I managed to secure one, in a small city in a state I barely knew existed. I packed everything I owned in my silver Ford Focus and left Virginia for Delaware.
The meaningful, relentless pursuit of our passions is an area that 80% of the world has accepted to forego for a number of reasons each individual will try to justify to anyone who can listen, except the 20% who wake up every day doing what they love. I decided that I would not be a part of the 80% statistic who on their deathbed will be filled with regret wondering how their life would have turned out differently if only they had tried pursuing their passions. I made a promise, “so help me God”, that I would rather die trying than not try at all.
“You’ve got to find what you love and that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it and like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it, don’t settle.” Steve Jobs
So I am starting this blog as another outlet to explore my passions and share my love for storytelling on the things that I enjoy and believe in, in my everyday life.
So what should you know about me that you could expect to see on the blog; well, I hate to cook but love to eat variety, so expect to see some food. I enjoy working out, it’s going to be an interesting journey to discover if I can really give up my sugar cravings for a set of abs. I am adventurous but need to explore more , so I’m excited that the blog will keep me motivated to find new places to explore. I am a very big on positivity and will be glad to share some tips on the things that keep me upbeat during those winter stormy days. I enjoy reading books of wisdom and inspiration so look out for some book reviews. Finally, though i am neither a fashion or beauty expert, I love to feel and look “like a million bucks” so expect me to share my secrets on how i get to do so on a budget.
I hope you discover something here that opens your eyes, mind, and heart; something that will impact your life for the better; something worth passing along to another.
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“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
With Love, Iro